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All Seated on the Ground

by Connie Willis

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Aliens land on Earth and, instead of saying, "Taking me to your leader," or anal probing, they simply sit and glare like Aunt Judith. You'll figure it out before the main character does but it's fairly short (novella length) and has some moments of typical Willis humor, so give it a try if you enjoy that sort of thing. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 9, 2017 |
As per usual for Connie Willis, none of this book could possibly have happened if the characters talked to each other. Also, puzzle stories are more fun if the readers are given the clues before the characters have figured out the answer. Possibly she was afraid that her readers might have been smarter than her characters?

Still, it's a nice light and fast read with cute ideas. ( )
1 vote zeborah | Jun 5, 2013 |
The aliens have landed, and only the combined might of a columnist and a 7th grade choir extravaganza can save the day! ( )
  eldashwood | Apr 17, 2013 |
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh my gosh, I have no idea what story some of these other reviewers were reading. This is a pretty short work and I had to take a nap in the middle of it. No, seriously, I had to--I was totally falling asleep.

Here are a few reasons you might want to read this:
1. You know every Christmas carol and know all the lyrics.
2. You go apeshit over choral music.
3. You really enjoy reading about humans trying to communicate with aliens...and can deal with when you're reading about Christmas carols and choral music the whole time.
4. You like satire and social commentary...enough to get over those aforementioned things.
5. You want to read all of Connie Willis' work.

I still enjoy Willis' sense of humor. She makes me laugh but there were really only a few hilarious moments in All Seated on the Ground. (there were two) However, I still adore Connie Willis and I will keep truckin' through all of her kooky stories. ( )
  FlanneryAC | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is the quirky, madcap Willis I enjoyed in Bellwether! A quick, fun read with aliens and a heroine on the team organized to study them who is, of course, much more intuitive than her male teammates. Also with Christmas carols, a choir director, and romance. ( )
1 vote MmeRose | Dec 4, 2009 |
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I'd always said that if and when the aliens actually landed, it would be a let-down.
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The aliens have landed! The aliens have landed!
But instead of shooting death rays, taking over the planet and carrying off
Earthwomen, they've just been standing there for months on end, glaring like a
disapproving relative. And now it's nearly Christmas, and the commission
assigned to establish communications is at their wits' end. They've resorted to
taking the aliens to Broncos games, lighting displays, and shopping malls, in
the hope they'll respond to something!

And they do, but in a way nobody
ever expected, and Meg, the commission, and an overworked choir director find
themselves suddenly caught up in an intergalactic mess involving Christmas
carols, scented candles, seventh-grade girls, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Meg's
Aunt Judith, Victoria's Secret, and Handel's Messiah.

Multiple Nebula and
Hugo Award-winning author Connie Willis may be most famous for her books To Say
Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, Inside Job, D.A., and The Winds of Marble
Arch and Other Stories, but she's also a huge fan of the holidays and their
accompanying frivolity and nonsense, and has written a marvelous array of
Christmas stories, including Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, Just Like the
Ones We Used to Know (made into the CBS movie Snow Wonder),
deck.halls@boughs/holly, and now the hilarious All Seated on the Ground.
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